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Some Lesser known facts of Hrithik Roshan

He’s the heartthrob of the nation and perhaps the last ‘overnight Superstar’ the country will see. No one can match Hrithik Roshan when it comes to looks, acting, dancing. It is said that Hrithik is the perfect package and rightly so. When he entered the film industry in 2000, he made everybody nervous and came into the limelight overnight. While Hrithik is a craze internationally too (amongst NRIs), read on to find out some lesser known facts of Duggu that might surprise you!

Before making his debut in Kaho Naa Pyaar in 2000, few known that Hrithik Roshan has been a child artist. The Greek god of Bollywood started young at the of six when his grandfather slyly cast the boy in the 1980 film Aasha where he danced on the film’s sets without his knowledge. Duggu, as he’s fondly called by his friends and family, then played a large role in Bhagwaan Dada (1986). The film starred mega stars Rajinikanth and Sri Devi. Hrithik played Rajni’s adopted son in the film. Hrithik displayed his dance skills from this film itself and shared screen space with some of the biggest names in the industry. Hrithik’s role was as big as his father’s in Bhagwaan Dada and he played a pivotal role in the film.

His entire family belongs to the film and music industry. Hrithik’s maternal grandfather was director-producer J. Om Prakash and his paternal grandfather was Roshan Lal Nagrath, a classical musician and famous composer. His paternal grandfather composed music for the movies in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Even Hrithik’s paternal grandmother, Ira Nagrath/Ira Roshan, was a music composer. When Hrithik’s grandfather died, it was she who completed composing the music for his unfinished film. His father, Rakesh Roshan, was a successful actor and his uncle Rajesh Roshan is also a music composer, who composed the music for Hrithik’s debut film, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. He’s also the grandnephew of director Mohan Kumar (Grandfather J Om Prakash’s wife and Mohan Kumar’s wife are sisters). Hrithik’s estranged wife Sussanne Roshan is also the daughter of yesteryear actor Sanjay Khan who also became popular as Tipu Sultan, when he played the historical character on TV. Hrithik’s entire family seems to be gifted.

Hrithik’s obsession for acting started at a young age and to pursue his dream further, he turned down a degree at the presitgious UCLA college in the United States to learn the nuanes of film making, right from scratch. While assisting on family films, Hrithik would toil and often would sweep the floors and make tea for everybody on sets. But Hrithik remained undetered in his dream. The actor who had a major stammerign problem, was extremely thin, took up dancing lessons and even bodybuilding, in order to bulk up. He further took speech therapy classes to work on his stameering. Hrithik then debuted in 2000 with Amessha Patel in his father’s production, Koi Mil Gaya. Originally, Kareena Kapoor was cast opposite him but due to some conflicts, she backed out. Kaho Naa Pyaar Hain went on to become one of the biggest hits of that year and Hrithik Roshan became a star overnight, giving sleepless nights to his contemporaries and predecessors.

But just as success came quickly, so did failure. In 2002, Hrithik gave back to back flops like Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage, Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, Mujhse Dosti Karoge! which he followed up with Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon in 2003. While most people had written him off, Hrithik went on to prove himself by focusing on solo projects. His home production, Koi… Mil Gaya, was India’s first sci-fi film that saw Hrithik in a new avatar. It is said that after Hrithik’s father Rakesh Roshan was shot by the mafia, Duggu wanted to quit films but changed his mind. Success followed him once again with films like Krrish, Dhoom 2 and Jodhaa Akbar. For Sanajy Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish, where he played a quadriplegic, Hrithik could not somewhere deal wirh the fact that the film had bombed at the box office. According to a report in Mid-Day, Hrithik apparently shelled out Rs 10.5 lakh to release a full-page ad in a daily that screamed ‘Experience Ethan’s magic.’ The ad consisted of Hrithik’s fans tweeting how they loved his performance in Guzaarish which failed at the Box Office.

Hrithik has a fondness for cats and the actor is also said to have a large heart. When terminally ill patients express their desire to meet Duggu, he always obliges. In 2000, when he made his debut with Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, the film broke all records and swept all the major awards that year. Since Hrithik had become an overnight sensation, his fan base increased and girls across the country were swooning for him. it is said that on Valentine’s Day that year, he received 30000 marriage proposals. Hrithik who loves to perform his own stunts and has suffered many injuries during shoots was also diagnosed with Scoliosis when he was only 21. Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved from side to side and a person’s spine appears as an S or ? Hrithik was told that he would not become an actor. But he proved everybody wrong. Hrithik is also known to be self obsessed. Whenever a celebrity guest is asked on Koffee with Karan what they would find in Hrithik’s room or house, most reply with mirror or a life size poster. Even the industry knows that Duggu loves himself. It is said that the actor documents his daily life for many years by taking pictures and putting them in scrapbooks.

Hrithik’s popularity is so much that he became the fifth Indian to have his life size statue at the prestigious MadameTussauds wax museum. According to reports, it was allegedly one of the most daring figures the museum ever created. According to Forbes India Celebrity 100 list (2013), Hrithik is ranked 10th on it, making him one of the most powerful stars to make it to the prestigious list. Not only that but further to the list, Hrithik’s estimated earnings is 62.5 Crore as of 31st Oct’13. He makes money from endorsements and films. When Hrithik forayed into television to judge a dance reality show, he was allegedly paid 1.75 crore INR per episode. That’s quite a lot but considering Hrithik’s star status, it comes an no surprise. Was awarded the National Citizen’s Award on August 25 2001 in Delhi which recognises excellence in various activities affecting national life.

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